From thrill rides to museums to sparkling blue waters on a Tampa Bay beach, there’s plenty here for the family to enjoy. BY SUSAN B. BARNES
BY SUSAN B. BARNES
When it comes to fun ways to fill your time in the Tampa Bay area, there’s no shortage of options. From theme parks, to peeks at wildlife both on land and underwater, to 35 miles of white, powder-soft sandy beaches from Clearwater to St. Pete Beach— the choice is yours. LIONS AND TIGERS AND … DINOSAURS AND DOLPHINS More than 1,500 animals—including lions and tigers—can be found within the 56 lush acres of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (lowryparkzoo.com), just a few miles north of downtown Tampa. Not only that, but the zoo also hosts an array of special events throughout the year, including the Zoo Run Run 5k (Aug. 22) and Zoofari (Nov. 7), a fabulous food festival and the spooky ZooBoo (Oct.27-28).
What’s that rustling in the trees? Could it be … a dinosaur? It may just be, if you find yourself at Dinosaur World (dinosaurworld.com/florida), off of I-4 in Plant City just outside Tampa. Here you’ll find150 life-size dinosaurs, from brachiosaurus to triceratops.
Animals are the name of the game at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (buschgardens.com), too, including elephants,
Movie stars Winter & Hope and the
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
“Iceploration” at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay